Knitting complaints 07 Mar 2006
86 comments Latest by MATHEW
Tarasine, Jamis’ wife, sent us some excerpts from a thread at a knitting-related mailing list because, as she put it, “It reminded me so much of the comments about 37signals products.” Apparently, knitters have quite a few demands too. Below are Tarasine’s comments on the thread.
Over the past couple of days, I have been following a thread about sizing in knitting patterns. Apparently, plus-sized knitters feel that some knitting magazines are “ignoring” them by not providing instructions for making the items in larger sizes. One woman posts:
Well, then I bet you can see my problem with rack after rack of magazines that do not even admit to my size. I did not advocate for IK [Interweave Knits], Vogue, or any of the others to go over to utter plus sizes. I just ask that they size for us too. it won’t stop single-digit sizing, just add us.
Apparently, two magazines equals “rack after rack,” despite the fact that other posters have mentioned alternative magazines that do cater to larger sizes. She also ignores the fact that the magazines she mentioned do provide plus sizes for many of their patterns—just not all.
I am a size 20. Do you know how many knit patterns I can use with no alteration? I don’t mean piddly stuff, I mean serious changes- it’s one thing to go up a size or two, but if you are going up 3 or better, you need to really think what is going to happen to any textures/patterns (ie will it still fit in teh needed diameter? can you rebalance intarsia bits), what will happen over the sholders if I don’t utterly rewrite teh sleeve opening? Why should I do teh designer’s work? Why can’t teh designers do it themselves when they are working up teh item in teh first place?
This is my favorite. She’s basically saying, “Those alterations are A LOT OF WORK!!! I don’t want to do them! How hard could it possibly be for the designer to do them? Also, I DEMAND that every designer must cater to people of every possible size!”
Another list member responded with this great reply:
Honestly, I don’t think it is possible for one person or one pattern to make everyone in the world happy, and I don’t think anyone should even try to make everyone happy. Some designers are probably much more talented at making patterns for smaller people, others are probably more talented at making patterns for larger people.
The original poster also said:
I deserve pretty knits! And I will support any designer who can come up with teh goods!
Which was followed by this reply:
Fine, do feel free to do so. As I in turn will support the designers who design the stuff that I like. Such is the beauty of a free market economy.
Another fascinating exchange arose from this same topic, where one list member e-mailed the editor of Interweave Knits to complain about the perceived lack of “fair” sizing that “excludes” larger people. Here is part of the editor’s reply:
Thank you for your comments, and for taking the time to write us with your views. We strive to represent a variety of people in our magazine, and to be a reflection of our readers. Although not every pattern is suitable for every knitter, we hope to include in each issue something for everyone to knit and wear, and in an as extensive size range as possible.
One poster responded in this way:
I am not surprised by their response. I am baffled by companies that ask for your opinion or suggestions and then do everything to refute your statement.
She continued by citing an example of how a yarn company just “didn’t listen” to her concerns. She said:
I just went around a few times with a well known yarn company about their lack of a non-wool worsted weight yarn. Their respondent pointed out that they have a baby yarn, a novelty yarn and a home decor type cotton yarn that were all worsted weight and not wool. (Allergic to sheep, fingers burn when knitting with wool). The respondent missed the point. Honestly I had enough sense to look at all their yarns before I made the comment to them.
Um, who wasn’t listening here? They pointed out to her three yarns that did fit the criteria of being non-wool and worsted weight. The fact is, many non-wool worsted weight yarns do exist. Apparently, she believes that this particular company must act on her personal demand, though.